Are you up for a little challenge this month? I’ve been seeing all these chili harvest photos down under and thought it would be cool to see what our Craft Hot Sauce followers come up with.
So here’s the challenge!
Go out and cook up a new or different batch of hot sauce. It might be your first time making a hot sauce, or you may be using different ingredients or trying a new technique like fermenting.
But it’s a great time of the year to experiment. I’ve never used spices in my hot sauce before, so I'm going to make something totally different this month. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, I wrote this article about tips for coming up with a new hot sauce recipe.
Let me know how it goes after next month’s newsletter, and then I’ll compile the experimental batches in a post. If you’re up for it, we can post your recipe on our recipe section of the site!
Speaking of down under, our latest podcast guest was Old Bones Chilli Co. They make a mean smoked garlic chilli sauce and have some big things cooking in Sydney, Australia. Check out the podcast linked below to learn about their story.
Usually, I’m on the interviewing side, but last month, the manager of my local farmer's market did a feature of Craic Sauce before we released our newest and first fermented sauce: the Mill City Red.
Here’s a video sharing our story which references the very beginning of this site and newsletter in 2014 and details our process of making the Mill City Red.
We have a very limited supply of this sauce, but I'm doing another run of it this morning and will have it featured in our Craft Hot Sauce Club this month.
Josh, founder of OB Chilli Co, shares the founding story with his business partner John.
On the podcast, Josh shares different styles of cooking sauces, and John provides advice for starting and running a business.
Be the first to try the Mill City Red!
The Craft Hot Sauce Club shares three hot sauces and their stories in a box delivered straight to your door. This month, the Mill City Red will be included in the Craft Hot Sauce Club.
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I wanted your first note of the year to come from the hot sauce part of your life. Happy New Year! I hope you’re in good health and I’m counting on 2022 being a great year ahead.
I’m here to share a recent conversation I had, which is now on the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast. Sometimes when I write this newsletter or market a hot sauce, it’s not my most natural channel of communication. The podcast has grown to be my favorite way of connecting with the wider craft hot sauce community and sharing those experiences with you.
Hope you’re enjoying your week as we ease into the winter months. In the past couple of newsletters I’ve described the hustle and bustle of the chili pepper harvest season. I feel like the mania that built up during summer peaked a couple weeks ago at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo.
The event was everything we hoped for with lots of engagement with hot sauce enthusiasts and makers. We gave out more samples of Craic Sauce over a two day period than ever before, receiving lots of positive feedback, especially with our Brian Boru’s Curry sauce.